April School Vacation Week
April 15 - 21, 2017
From art workshops for kids to family activities to exploring art and culture throughout the Museum, there is always something to do during school vacation weeks at WAM!
All activities, except for studio art workshops, are free with Museum admission. Museum Members always visit for free. Not a Member? Join now!
Here's what's happening this April vacation week:
Star Wars Community Day
Saturday, April 15, 10am-5pm
Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and join Jedi Knights and Imperial Stormtroopers for a day of "Force-full" fun! While here, visit the Museum's galleries to see the inspiration for the fantasy armor. Create Star Wars-inspired art; compare a Stormtrooper's armor to that of a Gothic knight; watch a light saber battle; see if you have what it takes to be a Jedi checking out a light saber class; and more. Food service will be available at the Sip Cart in the Lancaster Welcome Center. In addition, food trucks will be parked outside the Museum on Lancaster Street. Please note that all “weapons” must be checked at the door. Star Wars Community Day is free with Museum admission.
Star Wars Community Day is sponsored by Saint-Gobain
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April Art: One-day studio art workshops for ages 3-17
Tuesday, April 18 - Friday, April 21
The Outer Limits of Art! Paint weather, tell stories with manga, test your wits in the imagination Lab, or dream up sky-scapes. Or maybe it's time to make a space monster! There's lots more, so proceed to the Outer Limits of Art and have a blast!
Choose from a wide array of two and four hour workshops for youth and teens. Lunch and extended day available.
Please note: although classes are held on Tuesday, the Museum is not open to the public on that day.
Helmutt's Drop-in Studio
Add to your Museum visit experience by participating in Helmutt's Drop-In Studio. Try your hand at a variety of simple art techniques that will open the doors of your imagination. Suitable for all ages; Helmutt's Drop-In Studio is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, April 19 - 21, 11am-12pm and 1-3pm
Sunday, April 23, 2-5pm
Activity: Sci-Fi drawing & Cut and Paste Stars and Moons
Look for these and other Art Carts in the Museum for hands-on activities, led by a Museum educator.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, April 19 - 21
11:30am & 2:30pm - Family Fun: Arms and Armor
1:00pm - Family Fun: the Antioch Mosaics
Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23
2pm - Family Fun: Arms and Armor
Arms + Armor Demonstrations
Join us for this fun, interactive program for all ages and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers of long ago.
Saturday April 23, 11:30am - The Viking Age
Sunday, April 24, 11:30am - Knight's Tale
Saturday, April 15, 1pm
A 20 minute tour of the sculpture, Robert Goddard, 1995, by Nam June Paik, American, born in Korea, 1932-2006.
Saturday, April 22, 1pm
Take a 20 minute tour, sampling highlights of medieval art.
Ongoing: Wednesday, April 19 - Sunday, April 23
Get a taste of life in the Middle Ages in our newly reinstalled Medieval Galleries, which feature many arms and armor objects from the John Woodman Higgins Collection. Digital interactives and hands-on experiences bring rare and beautiful works of art to life and explore the medieval world through tales of castles, towns, and monasteries, of bishops, knights, and nuns, and of the trade routes that connected the cities of Europe to the Silk Roads and Timbuktu.
Stop at the admission desk in the Lancaster Welcome Center and check out a tote bag with drawing supplies, so you can sketch during your visit to the galleries.
Funding for family programs is made possible in part by the recently established Jeanne Y. Curtis Fund for Family Programs, aimed at supporting the Museum's efforts to engage visitors of all ages in meaningful ways.